State Receives $11.9 Million To Fight Meth Use

Tuesday, September 25th 2007, 5:50 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The federal government has awarded an $11.9 million grant to Oklahoma to help treat people leaving prison who have a history of substance abuse, with a particular emphasis on those with methamphetamine addictions.

The federal Department of Health and Human Services' Access to Recovery grant will help fund the state's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services' efforts during the next three years to develop partnerships to address substance abuse in the state, said the state department's commissioner, Terri White.

Oklahoma leads the nation in the number of female prisoners and is fourth nationally in the number of male prisoners. The state's rate of admissions for treatment of primary methamphetamine or amphetamine use is double the national rate.

White said the program will link people leaving prison with appropriate treatment and recovery support services of their choosing. She said it will directly impact the ability of those people to successfully reintegrate into the community.